Social cognition: Categorical person perception

C. Neil Macrae*, Galen V. Bodenhausen

*Corresponding author for this work

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In attempting to make sense of others, perceivers regularly construct and use categorical representations (e.g. stereotypes) to streamline the person perception process. A debate that has dominated recent theorizing about the nature and function of these representations concerns the conditions under which they are activated in everyday life. The present article reviews this work and considers the automaticity of category activation in person perception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-255
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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